State School Board requests veto of curriculum review bill

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  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    March 22, 2014 3:14 a.m.

    No Veto. The board of education has no vote nor right to challenge the laws of the legislators, especially where this laws institutes accountability to the parents and education itself.

    The board of education is out of line and the governor has no authority to listen to the whimpering board of education and its secretive and unconstitutional actions thinking its a governing body with power to write its own laws and regulations.

    Open governemnt means open to the public and citizens at all levels, the board of education is accountable to parents and taxpayers and this law breaks the stranglehold the board has invoke restricting parents opposition to their covert agency.

    The billions of dollars belongs to the citizen taxpayers, not illegal aliens, not covert government welfare, not developers and not any international food industry.

  • Steve Cottrell Centerville, UT
    March 21, 2014 7:55 p.m.

    Governor, I support the recommendation to veto this bill. The committee was not formed for this purpose. Their role is not well defined by the legislation.

    To the person concerned about the geometry curriculum, I suspect you would like to go back to the theorem--proof course that existed years ago. Having taught math for 40 years, I can tell you that it had little effect on reasoning skills within mathematics for most students. Conceptual development seems to be much more effective. Also geometry is introduced at a much earlier grades and as algebra is introduced the geometry is much more integrated with the algebra, as it is in almost all the rest of the world.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    March 21, 2014 3:56 p.m.

    Please don't veto this bill Governor. I asked my child's teacher why Geometry had been dumbed down so much, in that it was mostly fact based and the problems given by the book and the teacher were only very simple problems. I was told to ask the district math supervisor. To make a long story short, I got the run around from her at that time. That was a few years ago. The texts are still low level and Geometry has not returned to what it was when I went to school.

    We were given easy problems, but also medium and difficult problems. We did proofs every day which taught us to reason and to problem solve.

    Governor, the powers that be in education at times refuse to listen and it seems at times they just don't get it. The balance of power needs to swing to parents who will get involved to try to improve our education system. If not concerned parents will not be able to make a positive difference. Intelligent parents who car can help our education system if they are given the means to do it.